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The Truth About Senior Year Grades

Mariah McLane Giardino on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Admissions Process

There’s a nasty little myth in the world of college admissions. Have you heard it? It usually goes something like this: “Admissions counselors don’t look at your senior year grades; all they care about is your junior year.” Well, I’m here as an admissions counselor to tell you that this is NOT TRUE! Don’t fall victim to this rumor and let senioritis set in. Many of you are taking midterms at the end of this month, so even though it's tempting, don’t allow yourself to slack off now. We review grades from every year on your transcript, so make sure you are still continuing to perform well in all your classes. 

As we review applications and find students who may be borderline candidates for admission, we often request that mid-year grades be sent from high school counselors. Do not underestimate the importance of mid-year grades; they can sometimes result in a make-or-break decision for your application! If you were a great student all throughout high school but suddenly start bombing out senior year, it’s a red flag to us, and we will definitely take note. That could have a negative impact on your admissions decision, and you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste (neither do we!) Here’s some advice: admissions counselors like to see students’ grades either stay consistent or improve during high school, and a strong senior year is something we WILL notice and potentially reward. 
So, just keep this in mind when you’re slaving over your homework and wondering if it’s worth it to bother studying for midterms. It definitely is, so please don’t let your grades slip now. 
Good luck on your exams!

Comments (11)

  • Kayla Brice

    Kayla Brice

    24 January 2011 at 07:22 |
    thank you for informating me on this,because i've heard some rumors about that.
  • Lauren


    29 January 2011 at 17:36 |
    Will I still be okay if I have got C's in pre-calc? It's not like I'm slacking, I really am trying.
  • Mariah


    01 February 2011 at 07:16 |
    Hi Lauren, just continue to work hard and do the best you can. Please feel free to contact me anytime at if you have other questions.
  • Lauren


    01 February 2011 at 20:11 |
    Thanks! :)
  • Zainab Kamara

    Zainab Kamara

    10 February 2011 at 18:29 |
    Good thing i never listen to those myth;D, but am still stuck on how to pay for my application fee. can you by any chace help me how to go about it online or money order?
  • Mariah


    11 February 2011 at 06:56 |
    Hello Zainab! You can pay your application fee right online at this link:

  • Will


    15 February 2015 at 22:35 |
    Well read this a little too late.
  • Carlos


    19 March 2015 at 23:42 |
    Once admitted, what kind of grades is a student expected to maintain in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their senior year?
  • Zachary Coppess

    Zachary Coppess

    22 July 2015 at 17:28 |
    Hello, I am on this page because I am looking for an answer: throughout the last few years I struggled with focus problems that completely harmed my grades in school. I could not focus on anything I wanted to, and my grades dropped to below a 1.5 GPA. I have since and recently improved with great milestones, but I regret that I let all that time go to waste. I would love to know if there is anything a student can do in their Senior year alone that will make up for about an average of a 2.0 GPA sophomore and junior year that will qualify them for some serious academic opportunities. I don't mean just college; education is a true passion of mine, and I don't like one bit how I let my focus problems go on for so long without resolve. I have since done very well in trying to make up what else there is of my school career, getting extra credit in summer school with B grades, and Senior year I am dedicating every aspect of my life to school and extra curricular activities (swim team, boxing, wrestling). I would love any opinions on what else I can do, because I will do it. I intend on far more community service (have wanted to get on that for a while now), keeping up the sports, getting excellent grades and doing whatever I can to wipe off my short comings by comparison to my achievements this upcoming year. If anyone who runs this page or views this has any opinions on especially challenging or exceptional work I could do to prove myself to colleges, I would be blessed and much thankful for any information. Thank you!
  • Dawn


    13 December 2016 at 19:07 |
    My son is Aspergers. He is a Senior this year. I don't know why, but he does great on standerized tests. His ACT score was a 29. The problem we are having is his classwork. He is very disorganized and loses work. Which in turn makes for lowered grades. I'm at a loss to help him. He wants to go to college, I'm afraid his GPA won't get him there.
  • santosh


    21 January 2017 at 06:10 |
    thank you for this information

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